It’s always good to throwback to some older, yet timeless designs, especially if it comes about undeniably high quality doings of Swiss acclaimed architect, Valerio Olgiati.
The process of creation of Villa Além located in Alentejo, Portugal has started in 2009 and was finally materialized in physical building in 2013. Surrounded by hilly rural landscape, the house features surfaces covered in-situ concrete, completed with the use of steel and marble finishes.
As the architect shares his thoughts about the site: „The climate is mild and dry. The primary intention here is to create a secluded garden. The surrounding walls are up to five and a half meters high to provide the necessary shade and the entire impression created is one of a desert, dry, stony and dusty.”
The whole complex is defined by the walls which limit the area and direct one’s attention towards sky. The heart of the iside area is located around the living room, situated at the end of a strict axis. It provides a spectacular view onto the pool and primal landscape. Thus the space serves as perfect retreat for one's soul.